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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release


April 24, 2014

Bearcat Advantage scholarship continues to assist first-year students

Northwest Missouri State University’s Bearcat Advantage scholarship program is making a college education more affordable for first-year students who come to the University from outside Missouri.

The Bearcat Advantage scholarship, which Northwest implemented for the fall of 2013, reduces tuition rates for qualifying students, when combined with other out-of-state awards, by more than $6,000, equating to in-state Missouri rates for the scholarship recipients.

During the first year of the program, more than 400 students who were offered the Bearcat Advantage enrolled at the University. As Northwest approaches the 2014-2015 academic year, it anticipates an increase in students using the Bearcat Advantage to become part of the Northwest family.

“The Bearcat Advantage scholarship is just one example of how Northwest has worked to make a college education an affordable and attractive option for out-of-state students,” Northwest Dean of Enrollment Management Bev Schenkel said. “Because of the University's location in northwest Missouri and the comprehensive educational experience we offer, residents of surrounding states have long viewed Northwest as a quality option to pursuing their degrees. In addition to Northwest keeping tuition increases at a minimum over the last five years, which have been the lowest in the country, the Bearcat Advantage scholarship is another key to keeping college affordable.”

The Bearcat Advantage scholarship, when combined with the Midwest Student Exchange Program or the Out-of-State Award, waives the difference between Northwest’s in-state and out-of-state tuition rates for the first year. All non-resident, continuing undergraduate students are eligible to receive the Bearcat Advantage for a full waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition by passing a minimum of 24 credit hours per year with a Northwest cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The scholarship is available to freshmen and transfer students who live outside Missouri. To qualify for the in-state tuition rate, freshmen must have scored a 23 or above on the ACT or an Admissions Index of 140 or higher, and have at least a 2.0 high school cumulative grade-point average. Transfer students are also eligible for the Bearcat Advantage scholarship with a college cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and at least 24 transferable credit hours.

Freshmen who scored a 22 or 21 on their ACT will qualify for the Green and White Advantage, giving them a reduction of 50 percent of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Northwest has offered scholarships to out-of-state students for decades, however, the Bearcat Advantage scholarship differs in that it is offered exclusively to first-year students.

Northwest is a vibrant and diverse learning community with an enrollment of more than 6,500 students hailing from throughout the United States and 30 countries. It is a state leader in preparing students for successful careers and has achieved all five benchmarks within the state’s performance funding model for two consecutive years. In addition to placing high value on hands-on experiences, collaboration and strategic thinking, Northwest provides fully-loaded notebook computers to all full-time students, saving them more than $1,700 annually when combined with an innovative textbook rental program.

To learn more about the Bearcat Advantage scholarship, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468